The long-standing plan to get wireless service in New York subway stations is finally bearing fruit – 30 more stations are now equipped with wireless service, finally adding on to the original six stations in Chelsea, which went online in September of 2011.
All 36 stations now have wireless service, including 4G LTE, from AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon and Sprint subscribers will have to wait longer, but representatives from both telecoms have said that a plan is in the works to get their services into the subway at some point in the near future. Additionally, all 36 stations will have free Wi-Fi available courtesy of Boingo Wireless. Who needs those data networks, anyway?
Does that mean a trip to the subway station is going to become more unpleasant? Probably not. Trying to make calls in that din seems like an exercise in futility, anyway. Who knows, it might get even quieter, with people browsing the Web, necks down. Come to think of it, maybe that’s not such a good thing – or, it’ll be a good thing for pickpockets. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. If you want to find out exactly where this will be playing out, you can check out this handy, mobile-friendly website from Transit Wireless, which will tell you whether or not your stop of choice is online or not.